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Session 5: Applied Ethics

Feb 25, 2011

Moral Cognition and Applied Ethics

Assessing the implications of current research in neuroscience on realms such as business ethics, bioethics, and law.

Main reading:

Mason, Kelby. (forthcoming). Moral Psychology And Moral Intuition: A Pox On All Your Houses. Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Greene, J. D. 2007. The secret joke of Kant’s soul, in Moral Psychology, Vol. 3: The Neuroscience of Morality: Emotion, Disease, and Development, W. Sinnott-Armstrong, Ed., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Recommended reading:

Damasio A. 2007. Neuroscience and ethics: intersections. American Journal of Bioethics 7(1):3-7.

Greene, J. D. and J.D. Cohen. 2004. For the law, neuroscience changes nothing and everything. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, (Special Issue on Law and the Brain), 359, 1775-1785.

Greely, Henry T. (2005) The Social Consequences of Advances in Neuroscience: Legal Problems; Legal Perspectives. In Neuroethics: Defining the Issues In Theory, Practice and Policy. Judy Illes (ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, M. 2009. What Cognitive Science Brings to Ethics. In Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds. D. Ambrose & T. Cross (eds.) Dordrecht: Springer, 147-150.

Liao, S.M. 2008. Issues in the Pharmacological Induction of Emotions. Journal of Applied Philosophy 25(3): 178-192.

Mikhail, J. 2010. Elements of Moral Cognition: Rawls’ Linguistic Analogy and the Cognitive Science of Moral and Legal Judgment. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rosen, J. 2007. The Brain on the Stand. New York Times March 11.

Sommerville, A. 2003. Juggling law, ethics, and intuition: practical answers to awkward questions. Journal of Medical Ethics 29: 281-286

Tassy, S., P. Le Coz, and B. Wicker. 2008. Current knowledge in moral cognition can improve medical ethics. Journal of Medical Ethics 34:679-682.

Tenbrunsel, A. E., and K. Smith-Crowe. 2008. Ethical decision making: Where we’ve been and where we’re going. Academy of Management Annals 2: 545-607.

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